AKRON, Ohio -- The annual King James Shooting Stars Classic tipped off this weekend as teams from all over the Midwest and beyond came to compete and be seen.
Vincent Edwards (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown)
2014, WF, 6-foot-7, 195 pounds
Edwards showed he is starting to turn potential into production. He had a couple big-scoring games during the tournament, even though his U-16 team was playing up in the U-17 division. Edwards held his own, with his team losing to the eventual champions, Reach Legends, in the quarterfinals. He has a nice skill set to go along with his size and length. He does the majority of his work in the mid-post, around 10-to-15 feet, and can score with his back to the basket or facing up. He used his length to finish around the rim and showed off a soft floater in the lane. The smooth wing shot it well from deep for the majority of the tournament. In the quarterfinal game, he came out attacking defenders early, showing how good he could be. Once he becomes consistently productive, he could be special.
Peyton Aldridge (Leavittsburg, Ohio/Labrae)
2014, PF, 6-6, 195 pounds
He was a big part of his travel team’s (Team Work) championship run, as he scored, rebounded and distributed to open shooters from the post. He hit the offensive boards hard and had a number of above-the-rim tip-ins. He doesn’t astonish you with his frame but showed his strength and toughness on a number of back-to-the-basket post moves. Aldridge also hit turnaround jumpers from the post, and his high release made them hard to contest. His travel team runs a lot of the Princeton motion offense, and Aldridge was able to read when his defender helped too much on the cutter and stepped out to hit the 3. He already has a couple mid-major offers and will surely add more as the summer continues.
Martez Walker (Detroit/Pershing)
2013, WG, 6-5, 195 pounds
The lefty was a big-time scorer all weekend for Michigan-based Reach Legends. Walker is most known for his ability to shoot from long range, but he showed he has added to his repertoire. He got to the rim efficiently, using a limited number of dribbles and using his length to stretch out and finish. The majority of the time Walker is going to his left to score, and even though defenders know it's coming, it is tough to stop. Walker has also added a quick pull-up jumper off the bounce. He has an unorthodox game but he can score with the best of them, rebounds well on both ends and plays with a toughness and competitive edge.